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TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 24, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Boldly go to the high-def frontier.

Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Season One
After remastering the original Star Trek series a few years ago, it was only a matter of time until Paramount got around to sprucing up The Next Generation for its Blu-ray debut. Transferred to high-def from the original film elements, the episodes boast crisper, spiffier effects and improved audio tracks, remastered in 7.1 sound. The upgrade is so sharp, it distracts from the fact that Next Generation's first season is a mixed bag, as the show didn't really find its sea... uh, make that space legs until Season 3. We're just waiting to see what the Borg look like in Blu.
Extras: All-new documentaries with cast and crew interviews, original episode promos, archival footage from the show's premiere, a retrospective featurette exploring the show's origins and an in-depth look at the remastering process.

Boss: Season One
Kelsey Grammer aims for a Michael Chiklis-style career makeover by playing a corrupt Chicago mayor in this Starz channel series, which debuted to solid reviews last fall. Although the ratings dropped off as the series went along, the network announced a Season 2 pick-up (which kicks off in August) before the pilot even aired and Grammer went on to win a Golden Globe for his star turn. Time will tell if Boss is able to match The Shield's seven-season run, but at least it saves Grammer from having to make another bad sitcom like Back to You or Hank anytime soon.
Extras: Assorted commentary tracks with the show's executive producers and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Treasure Island
This may be the umpteenth version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson yarn, but it is the very first iteration that features Eddie Izzard as a pirate so that's got to count for something. The British comic shaves his head and grows a goatee to play Silver (as in Long John), who tricks young seafarer Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) into sharing a map that leads to buried treasure. Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood also set sail on this made-for-TV adventure, which originally aired in England back in January.
Extras: A commentary track with Izzard and director Steve Barron, additional interviews with the cast and three featurettes.

Also on DVD:
Rob Corddry's all-star Adult Swim series Childrens' Hospital: The Complete Third Season will make you laugh so hard, you may have to visit the ER yourself. Nickelodeon re-issues another beloved series from their archive, Hey Arnold! Season 2, Part 2. And speaking of classic TV, The Untouchables: The Fourth Season Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are available for purchase.

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